2018-05-31 / Letters

Fundraising and donations provide new playground equipment


Teacher Darren Pharr enjoys the new kindergarten playground equipment with students in Jan Fernandes’ kindergarten class, including Javien Jones and Dondra Brim. Teacher Darren Pharr enjoys the new kindergarten playground equipment with students in Jan Fernandes’ kindergarten class, including Javien Jones and Dondra Brim. TO THE EDITOR:

The W-W Primary School faculty and staff would like to sincerely thank our community, parents, and students for all the fundraising efforts and donations to purchase our new kindergarten playground equipment.

We began our campaign three years ago to raise approximately $22,000 for Phase I under the leadership of our PTG officers, President Elizabeth Bohler, Vice President Sheleanda Burgess, and Secretary/ Treasurer Ashley Cox.

A final push for donations included a two-week “Pennies for the Playground” competition in all grades. In just over two weeks, students collected over $2,000 in loose change.

Other generous donations were received from the Optimist Club of Washington, Cornelia Johnson Circle of FUMC, C&K Services, Paul M. Lowe Funeral Home, Piedmont Propane, Beta Sigma Phi, Ricky and Penny Callaway, Dr. W.C. and Susan Branan, Jerrel and Rachel Pharr, and Jim and Elaine Wheatley.


Students showing off their donations for “Pennies for the Playground” are Hadlie Orr, Kolton Merritt, Harley Carstens, Hally Wheatley, Karen Chavez, Ansley Smith, and DeMaude Graves. The totals for each grade were Kindergarten, $752.79; first grade, $449.24; second grade, $485.78; and third grade, $363.03; for a total of $2050.84 Students showing off their donations for “Pennies for the Playground” are Hadlie Orr, Kolton Merritt, Harley Carstens, Hally Wheatley, Karen Chavez, Ansley Smith, and DeMaude Graves. The totals for each grade were Kindergarten, $752.79; first grade, $449.24; second grade, $485.78; and third grade, $363.03; for a total of $2050.84 Barnett Southern donated equipment and time to remove the older playscape. The Wilkes County Maintenance and Grounds crew finished clearing the area, and finally our dream became reality in late April 2018.

All students have enjoyed playing, sliding, and climbing on the new equipment and are looking forward to the next installation. We are now beginning fundraising efforts for Phase II (approximately $12,000) and Phase III (approximately $8,000) which will add a bridge, tunnel slide, and more climbing areas.


Jan Fernandes’ kindergarten class members showing off new playground equipment are (l-r, front and then up the steps) Savannah Bufford, Sharice Norman, Maci Gresham, Coraleye Morrow, Angela Aburto, Levi Youngblood, Alexandria Jenkins, Zoey Germany, Darien Davis, Vianca Orazco, Victoria Sota, Carson Lamar, Bryson Williams, Jayden Samuels, Dakota Wills, Quindarius Milton, Mariah Perlotte, Ethan Hubbard, Kaylee Russell, and Xander Borque. Jan Fernandes’ kindergarten class members showing off new playground equipment are (l-r, front and then up the steps) Savannah Bufford, Sharice Norman, Maci Gresham, Coraleye Morrow, Angela Aburto, Levi Youngblood, Alexandria Jenkins, Zoey Germany, Darien Davis, Vianca Orazco, Victoria Sota, Carson Lamar, Bryson Williams, Jayden Samuels, Dakota Wills, Quindarius Milton, Mariah Perlotte, Ethan Hubbard, Kaylee Russell, and Xander Borque. A simple “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough when the sounds of happy children are heard coming from the playground. Please ride by and take a peek. Join us as we celebrate the little things that make living in a small community so worthwhile.

Future donations can be made out to W-WPS PTG and mailed to W-W Primary School, 910 E Robert Toombs Ave. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of our Wilkes County children.

JANET PHARR principal and the W-WPS faculty and staff

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